TreeHugger's Lloyd has written extensively about the benefits of standing desks; for Mike, it changed his life -- less repetitive strain, and even happy feet after three weeks of letting his body adjust. Of course, you don't have to get an expensive dedicated standing workstation for the task; a pile of textbooks and boxes can do, or you can use an inexpensive add-on like the UpStanding Desk which quickly converts an existing desk into a standing workstation.
Created by Brooklyn-based designers Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael, the UpStanding Desk is a flat-pack design that turns any desk into a fully customizable standing desk, without the hassle of fasteners or having to get rid of your old office furniture. Carmichael recounts how it all happened:
When I worked a full-time job, I asked nicely for a standing desk. They're very expensive, so I had to prove a need for it (I'm 6'3", which helped). When the $1800 desk came, it was pretty great! Sure, it looked a bit like hospital furniture, but it had a nifty electric motor to raise it up and down whenever I wanted.
But then it broke. And I was left with a very expensive, very normal desk.
When I got to [New York's School of Visual Arts] I was hoping to buy a standing desk for our workshop, but I saw that it contained permanent work benches. I realized that I'd need to design something that could turn my normal desk into a standing desk.
Thus the UpStanding Desk was born.
With Chen's help, the duo were able to realize this dream of an affordable and healthier alternative for people of all sizes and setups. These portable units allow you to perch a monitor or two on the topmost bunk, and your keyboard and mouse on the lowermost surface. They are made with Canadian birch plywood, and come in several versions: there's a regular version that can accommodate one monitor, and a "double-wide" version that will fit two monitors. Both widths come in a different heights, for regular-sized and extra-tall people.
The UpStanding Desk was successfully Kickstarted recently, and is available for preorder if you sign up for the mailing list. If you can't wait, you can also purchase the documents needed to make it yourself. More over at UpStanding Desk.